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Dr. J: Exercise Lifestyle Activist and Opportunistic Arborist


I am Dr. J, and I am an exercise lifestyle activist. An exercise lifestyle activist can be defined as someone who is very active himself or herself, and is an especially active, vigorous advocate of this cause, including trying to persuade people to change their behaviors to improve their health and fitness.

California Couple Go to Extremes to Avoid Sugar by Rowing across the Pacific


Courtesy FatChanceRow.org I think it’s safe to say that Sami Inkinen and Meredith Loring are not like you and me, even though I don’t know anything about you.

Flexible Restraint: A Healthy Lifestyle Beats Complex Diet Rules


(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Nikol Lohr/Flickr I’ve worked with many patients over the years who have gone on diets with strict rules but end up gaining the weight back.

Don’t Taze Me, Bro!: Dr. J’s Tense Encounter with the Police


(CC BY 2.0) Cliff/Flickr Recently, I had a encounter with law-enforcement in which it became clear to me that looking or behaving a little differently or being in an unusual place could lead to unfortunate consequences.

Fruits on the Ground: Thoughts about a War on Obesity


Igor Dewe – Selling My Juice – 2012 Performance Art At least you don’t live in Kentucky If you’ve been unhappy of late with the state of your health or your weight or your physical condition, at least take some consolation from the fact that you don’t live in Kentucky.

Dr. J’s 10 Reasons You are Still Fat


(CC BY 2.0) woodleywonderworks/Flickr Why are you still fat? No, the reason that you are still fat is not a virus, genetics, medications, unlucky metabolism, or a bad childhood, boss, or relationship.

Coffee May Offer Some Protection against Cancer


(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) David Wright/Flickr You may have heard that coffee might lower cancer risk. And you may be wondering whether the type of coffee roast or the way it’s prepared might make a difference in how it affects cancer.

The Science of Breaking Bad Habits and Creating Healthy Ones


Wendy Wood, Ph.D., Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California.

Like Many, I Knew Robin Williams Just a Little Bit


(CC BY-NC 2.0) Thomas Hawk/Flickr Memories are all we have, now, and it’s totally unacceptable The last couple of days have been deeply and profoundly sad ones for me, because I had the good fortune to have known Robin Williams just a little bit.

Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels: Hacking Anorexia’s Positive Emotions


(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) ·S/Flickr “I feel fat!” Those three words just uttered by my friend next to me during our Stairmaster workout were followed by, "I know I just did an aerobics class earlier this morning, and I plan to do one this evening.

Battle of the Milks: Cow’s vs. Soy vs. Almond


(CC BY-ND 2.0) Halle Stoutzenberger/Flickr If you need to avoid cow’s milk because of allergy or lactose intolerance, or for a vegan diet, almond milk and soy milk are two of the most popular alternatives.

School Cafeteria Food is Better than Packed Lunches, Thanks to Federal Regulations


Courtesy Culinary Institute of America via USDA The federal government recently initiated a new set of minimal nutrition standards for America’s grade school lunches, and of course there has been criticism, although not as feverish as one might have expected in an age when the federal government’s approval ratings are only moderately better than that of telemarketers.

Battle of the Milks: Cow’s vs. Soy vs. Almond

If you need to avoid cow’s milk because of allergy or lactose intolerance, or for a vegan diet, almond milk and soymilk are two of the most popular alternatives.

Researchers Say BMI Ranges are Inaccurate, Underestimate Obesity

If Obamacare is the second least liked aspect of the healthcare system, the BMI is the first! I hate to say I told you so, but … One of the biggest complaints about the BMI is that it is inaccurate for young men, underestimating their muscle mass and calling them fat!

Researchers Say BMI Ranges are Inaccurate, Underestimate Obesity

If Obamacare is the second least liked aspect of the healthcare system, the BMI is the first! I hate to say I told you so, but … One of the biggest complaints about the BMI is that it is inaccurate for young men, underestimating their muscle mass and calling them fat!

Working out When You’re Caring for Small Children

Many parents taking care of young children want to be more active, but they don’t have anyone to watch the kids while they work out.

Working out When You’re Caring for Small Children

Many parents taking care of young children want to be more active, but they don’t have anyone to watch the kids while they work out.

Music Hath Charms to Sharpen Your Mind


20th Century Fox Especially if you’re the one making the music I’ve started playing the piano for 20 minutes or so every other day, in part because of a recently published study that supports previous research which found that singing popular songs on a regular basis seems to impede the development of dementia, and/or improve cognitive function in those who’ve already developed it.

Home Office Diet Struggles: Andy Ihnatko & Soda


(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Karl Tsakos/Flickr (cropped) Technology writer Andy Ihnatko has changed his “household rules” relating to the consumption of soda pop, and his account of the process that led to the change is fascinating and instructive.

Home Office Diet Struggles: Andy Ihnatko & Soda


(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Karl Tsakos/Flickr (cropped) Technology writer Andy Ihnatko has changed his “household rules” relating to the consumption of soda pop, and his account of the process that led to the change is fascinating and instructive.


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